Hi LEARN Alumni,

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we wanted to take a moment to let know just how grateful we are for you and to have had the opportunity to be part of your journey. This newsletter was created to help alumni connect with one another and keep you informed about educational and professional opportunities.

This has been a crazy year, to say the least, but we appreciate all of you for persevering and continuing to strive towards your goals. We hope that this holiday season and 2021 brings better times.

We are always here for you whenever you need it.

All the best,

Alumni Support Team
News
  • Zykeia Roy RB'12 for welcoming a baby boy.

  • Dominique Jordan RB'17 her face mask business.

  • Makayla Boyd RB'12 for welcoming a baby girl.

  • Destiny Lawrence RB'15 for starting her own clothing line: Legacy!

Opportunities
Job: Travel Specialist
The NY Travel Specialist is responsible for managing employee and candidate travel generated from the NY office and will coordinate with colleagues globally to ensure a well-orchestrated and consistent operation. As a member of the global travel team, the Travel Specialist will develop and implement processes and protocols that reflect the firm’s culture. They are seeking candidates who think strategically and also are willing to roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the job done.

If interested please send. resume here.
Chicago Scholars
Chicago Scholars is seeking Chicago high school juniors to apply for its next class! Through our 7-year+ college access, success, and leadership program model, we support academically ambitious first-generation students from under-resourced communities to transform their neighborhoods and our city

Job: Alumni Relations Manager
LEARN Charter School Network, one of the nation’s premier elementary charter school programs, seeks a talented, focused, and analytical Alumni Relations Manager. The Alumni Relations Manager is a full time position responsible for supporting LEARN alumni as a remote resource for financial and academic advice, and through events including quarterly lunches, scholarship programming, and high school support. The Alumni Relations Manager will also be responsible for tracking, analyzing, and leveraging alumni data to inform Alumni programming across LEARN’s network of 10 schools. Apply here!
Program: DePaul College Access
We have year round programming for high school students in Chicago. We serve high schools in underserved communities, with high numbers of first generation students, low income families, and students of color. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have redesigned all of our services to be able to deliver them virtually.

For more Job, Scholarship, and Internship information visit the LEARN Alumni Page.
Join the Alumni Association!
LEARN is in the process of creating an alumni association that will help plan events, make decisions regarding alumni engagement, work closely with our other boards, and be the voice of LEARN Alumni. If interested please fill out this quick google form and we will be in touch!
Things to do!
The pandemic cases have started to rise, with there now being a 1 in 10 chance that a Chicagoan has COVID-19. We urge our alumni to stay home if possible or partake in socially distanced activities as listed below. Please refrain from gathering in large groups and where your masks while in public places.
  1. Visit Six Flags
  2. The Chicago Botanic Gardens
  3. Take a drive through the Northbrook Holiday lights.
  4. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights
  5. Get a DIY painting kit of your choosing.
Tip of the Month
Talking about money and managing money is not always easy but a budget can help you realize your goals sooner such as paying off debt, saving for a new car, and more. It is especially hard to stick to budgets. during the holidays when purchasing gifts, attending outings, and decorating which is why short term and long term budgets are essential. Follow these steps and tricks to create your budget for the new year.

  1. Note your net income: Your net income accounts for your salary minus deductions such as taxes and 401k. Budgets work for those with irregular incomes as well, adjust your spreadsheet accordingly.
  2. Track your spending: The 50-30-20 rule is a great way to prioritize spending. 50% of your income goes towards necessities like housing and food, 30% towards wants, 20% towards savings, investing, and debt repayment.
  3. Set goals: create short and long term goals for yourself. A short term should be achievable within 1 year while long-term goals can take several years to accomplish.
  4. Adjust your habits, if necessary: Look at your spreadsheet of spending to see where you can cut back to put more towards your goals, or note fluctuations in spending month to month on the same items. The more you understand your spending habits, the more you can make informed decisions.
  5. Remain vigilant: Check back in and update your spreadsheet regularly to ensure that you reach your goals.

*Always have a rainy day/emergency fund! If the pandemic has taught us anything it is that you must always be prepared for the unexpected. Strive to save 3 months worth of necessities in case of an emergency

*Take advantage of extensions such as Honey and Rakuten to save when shopping online and in store. Honey find coupons available for use while online shopping while Rakuten provides cash back on purchases.

*There is also an online tool called Digit that can make saving money easy.
Alumni Spotlight
These alumni are recognized for exuding the core values of high expectations and bringing the LEARN mission to life.
Khanaya McCarter '16
Freshman, Illinois State University

When I first learned that a majority of my classes would be online for this semester I was disappointed. The inability to meet my classmates in person, build relationships, and have the quintessential college experience was harder to handle than I initially thought. It also made it all the more difficult to remain focused on my classes when they were taking place in my room. It took a lot to organize myself and ensure that I completed everything and paid attention in class. Classmate still created virtual study environments and my professors were very cognizant of the stress everyone was under. The pandemic has definitely impacted my experience but it has not changed my passion for my major and my determination to get my degree. I hope that 2021 brings the college experience that I hoped for.
LEARN Charter School Network | alumni@learncharter.org | www.learncharter.org